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    US, VA, east of the Blue Ridge
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    I am interested in Japanese swords; Finnish Puukko; Swiss Army Knives, all sorts of sharp pointy things.

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  1. The Kozuka (utility knife) were seldom made by the same sword smith. Nice Edo period wak; not the same smith as Ichihara Nagamitsu (gendai, WW 2). A good first find. Much better than my first sword.
  2. Possibly at death? Haven't tried that yet though.
  3. Guessing, but perhaps the previous owner did not know the habaki could be removed. ?? Maybe a good thing or the tang would be buffed also.
  4. Looks a bit like a Saotome plate. No idea about lacquer, but agree with Barry.
  5. Not to mention their mates.
  6. I don't know what they are called, but I have a trisho (my name for them) of Saotome tsuba.
  7. I can't translate it for you, but I believe it is a traveling Buddhist shrine.
  8. No, I don't think a Ichihara Nagamitsu variant.
  9. I suspect more of the latter.
  10. I agree with Brian - likely the front of a katana that has been "cleaned" by someone with no knowledge of Nihonto. It shows some Hamon, forging flaws and a badly sanded(?) nakago(tang). IMHO, it is/was part of a genuine sword. Mihail - Welcome to the forum. You did better than my first buy. Nihonto takes a lot of study and seeing good swords to really appreciate Nihonto. I know that you may not have much opportunity to see good swords in Bulgaria. I suggest looking at the dealer and collectors sites in the links section. Would be a good starting point. Again welcome. You have begun a long, interesting and at times difficult study. Good to have you aboard.
  11. For me, my various collections (and there have been many) over the years have never been an investment. Just groups of things I liked, enjoyed and found interesting. I've bought and sold/traded many thousands of $$$ in stuff over the last 70 or so years. Some I guess I made a little money on, some I didn't -never mattered - just things I enjoyed playing with for a while. The collectibles market is EXTREMELY volatile with various stuff coming and going out of fashion. IMHO, don't ever count on a collection of anything being an "investment".
  12. Brian Is that really needed? I thought that is what a FAQ is for? BTW, I still can't get the topic toggle to keep in place from login to login. Doesn't matter whether I stay logged in or not. (Sorry,no sleep,cold here, just forgive grumpy old man.)
  13. Johan Very nice work indeed. I especially like the Kinai tsuba design. Did you make the katana kake also? Rich
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    IMHO, Tenpo on a Saotome plate - quite nice. Rich
  15. Andrey Looks like a wonderful exhibition, even better than the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington.
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